PRESS RELEASE: Mail marketer Brad Crone confirms intent to form “political group aiming to help a Republican lawmaker.”

February 20, 2018
Contact: Daniel Gilligan
Executive Director, Real Facts NC
Last week we learned of a Republican independent expenditure effort in support of Rep. Nelson Dollar organized by local mail marketer Brad Crone.
Mr. Crone confirmed in Monday’s News & Observer that the organization he intends to form to support Rep. Dollar is in no way affiliated with either Real Facts NC or our 501(c)4 NC Strong.
“Nelson Dollar’s record as chief author of budgets that have seen per pupil spending go down while raising sales taxes on working families stands in stark contrast to NC Strong values,” said Daniel Gilligan, organizer of NC Strong, a North Carolina based 501(c)4. “We are in no way affiliated with Mr. Crone, anyone listed in his presentation, or his legally questionable effort.”
From Monday’s News & Observer:
“A political group aiming to help a Republican lawmaker apparently wants voters to know that he’s helped make North Carolina strong… ‘Our attorney is in the process of establishing a nonprofit and we will have an appropriate name for the committee once the legal paperwork is completed and filed with the IRS,’ Crone said in an email last week.”
From last Wednesday’s News & Observer:
"Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections in Raleigh, for working with a campaign that aims to help Republican state Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary. The statement cites a document describing a nonprofit called NC STRONG, and listing Crone as a general consultant and main contact person for the group."
NC Strong is a 501(c)4 that seeks ensure that the weak grow strong and the strong grow great in our home state.